By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The Proprietor of defunct Ufuoma Babes Football Club of Warri, Delta State, Elder Eddington Kuejubola says that the Super Falcons squad of 1991 was ten times better than the present squad. He asserted that there is no reason why the Super Falcons should not be able to beat any team in the world.
“If this country is serious with the Super Falcons, I don’t see how or why they can not beat any team in the world. After we qualified for the first FIFA Women’s World Cup, China 1991, when we still have people with brain in the Nigeria Football Association, NFA. Just to test how prepared we are for the World Cup, NFA invited Netherlands (the Dutch National Team) to play five friendlies with the Super Falcons in Lagos. This was Holland (Netherlands) that didn’t qualify for that World Cup from Europe. They came in and turned the Super Falcons to shreds during the friendlies.” He told www.kick442.com.
“I can tell you that the Super Falcons then was ten times better than what it is now in terms of quality. When they played in Akure, they told our national team coaches to allow Super Falcons to score two goals in the first half while the opponent will score five in the second half. It was a big shame because that actually happened. The Dutch team started training sessions again in the evening in Akure after beating the Super Falcons 5-2 to show that the friendly didn’t task them at all. I went to the Dutch coach and asked him what is so special about the team. He said there is nothing special about his team that our girls don’t know the quality of what they are playing. And this is true.
The Club owner, consultant, and administrator advised that Nigeria should be alive to the technicalities of the game for the Super Falcons to dominate at the world stage.
He said: “I am sure most Super Falcons players don’t know that FIFA do analyse the texture of balls accredited for World Cups to know how and where to hit the ball for the ball to move in the appropriate way.
“Personally, there are some things that I don’t know due to ignorance and was able to later know of. I got to an Adidas shop in New York to ask for a soccer boot for my team. The attendant asked me whether the boot I am asking for it for male or female players. I was shocked because I don’t know about it. Till today many people in Nigeria don’t know that there is difference between male and female boot. The attendant said the female boot is better padded and of more quality than the male boot that’s why it is more expensive. There are a lot of things that we are yet to know.” He concluded.
Eddington Kuejubola was one of the pioneers of Women’s Football in Nigeria as he alongside the likes of Mr. Chris Abisuga (Chairman/CEO Golden Wonders FC of Lagos), Late Mr. Joe Otowawa, and Chief Larry Eze of Larry Angels of Port Harcourt (Now Rivers Angels) went to the Nigeria Football Association, NFA in 1988 to put pressure on the NFA in a bid to start women’s football in Nigeria. Little did they know that the first FIFA Women’s World Cup will take place three years later. They approached the NFA under the auspices of the Nigeria Female Football Organisers Association (NIFFOA). As a result of the meeting with the NFA, NIFFOA became Nigeria Female Football Proprietors Association, NIFFPA.
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